KILGORE, Texas — The Aggies and Cougars wrapped up their two-day joint satellite camps on Friday, starting with a morning session in Coppell, Texas, before ending the day with a three-hour session at Kilgore High School.
Houston coach instructed the athletes to be “competitive, not combative” before breaking them into individual groups and beginning drills, and they certainly took those words to heart.
Malakoff High School wide receiver Tyler Russell, a four-sport athlete who won the 3A state championship in the high-jump, put on a great display for coaches in attendance. At 6-foot-1, Russell used his leaping ability to tower over defenders and come down with jump balls. He also posted one of the quicker shuttle times from the Kilgore camp, running a 4.28.
3-star cornerback Josh Thompson did not participate in drills but was on hand in support of Nacogdoches wide receiver and teammate Jaylon Maxie. Thompson currently holds 24 offers from around the nation and told SEC Country he expects Texas A&M and Ole Miss to be “coming through soon” with an offer. As for Maxie, he felt the camp did a great job in “teaching different techniques and tricks” that he believed will “help out a lot going forward.” Maxie currently holds offers from Stephen F. Austin and Arkansas Tech.
Thompson, along with Russell, are among those with plans to attend Texas A&M’s mini camp in College Station on July 24.
Another pair of teammates who both participated in today’s festivities were Shay Rodgers and LeMarcus Harmon of Tatum High School. A defensive end and tight end, Rodgers recently received his first offer from Prairie View A&M. Harmon can play running back as well as defensive back and safety and joins Rodgers in the class of 2017.
Marquallius Turner of Shreveport, La., made the trip to Kilgore and drew plenty of attention from the UH coaches in attendance. The 2017 corner worked on keeping his arms inside on coverage and “keeping his hips low” to go in and out of breaks.
Just about the entire staff from A&M made it out to watch the third and final joint-camp with the Cougars. Kevin Sumlin was in attendance, as were many members of the defensive staff with the exception of John Chavis, who was in Tennessee for a charity golf tournament. Wide receiver coach Aaron Moorehead was on-site, as was new offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone.